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  • Native Sonsby James Baldwin; Sol Stein

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.95

    James Baldwin was beginning to be recognized as the most brilliant black writer of his generation when his first book of essays, Notes of a Native Son , established his reputation in 1955. No one was more pleased by the book’s reception than Baldwin’s high school friend Sol Stein. A rising New York editor, novelist, and playwright, Stein had suggested... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetryby Walter Kalaidjian

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 24.00

    The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry offers a critical overview of major and emerging American poets of the twentieth century. more...

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsby Maya Angelou; Oprah Winfrey

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 7.99

    Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.   Sent by their mother to... more...

  • Maxine Hong Kingstonby Helena Grice

    Manchester University Press 2013; US$ 18.99

    Since the publication of The Woman Warrior in 1976, Maxine Hong Kingston has gained a reputation as one of the most popular -- and controversial -- writers in the Asian American literary tradition. In this volume Grice traces Kingston's development as a writer and cultural activist through both ethnic and feminist discourses, investigating her novels,... more...

  • Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrathby Kelly McGrath Vlcek

    Wiley 2011; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the familiar format. CliffsNotes on The Grapes of Wrath explores John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning --and controversial... more...

  • Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfictionby Lex Williford; Michael Martone

    Touchstone 2007; US$ 21.00

    From memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, and more. Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers... more...

  • Reconstructing Womanhoodby Hazel V. Carby

    Oxford University Press 1987; US$ 59.99

    A cultural history of the work of nineteenth-century black women writers, this volume traces the emergence of the novel as a forum for political and cultural reconstruction, examining the ways in which dominant sexual ideologies influenced the literary conventions of women's fiction, and reassessing the uses of fiction in American culture. Carby revises... more...

  • American Renaissanceby F. O. Matthiessen

    Oxford University Press 1968; US$ 54.99

    Book 1 From Emerson to Thoreau. Book 2 Hawthorne. Book 3 Melville. Book 4 Whitman more...

  • Tears of Rageby Shelly Brivic

    LSU Press 2008; US$ 24.95

    In this provocative study, Shelly Brivic presents the history of the twentieth-century American novel as a continuous narrative dialogue between white and black voices. Exploring four of the most renowned and challenging works written between 1930 and 1990 -- William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Richard Wright's Native Son, Thomas Pynchon's V., and... more...

  • William Faulkner, William James, and the American Pragmatic Traditionby David H. Evans

    LSU Press 2008; US$ 24.95

    In William Faulkner, William James, and the American Pragmatic Tradition, David H. Evans pairs the writings of America's most intellectually challenging modern novelist, William Faulkner, and the ideas of America's most revolutionary modern philosopher, William James. Though Faulkner was dubbed an idealist after World War II, Evans demonstrates that... more...